The Malt in Our Stars
by Sarah Fox
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Kensington
There's some shady business in Shady Creek, Vermont, this spring—in the third mystery by USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox featuring pub owner and amateur sleuth Sadie Coleman . . .
Sadie is delighted to have booked famous romantic suspense novelist Linnea Bliss for an event at The Inkwell, her literary-themed pub, housed in a renovated grist mill. The author and her personal assistant Marcie are staying at Shady Creek Manor, a grand historical hotel that was once a private mansion and is rumored to still hold hidden treasure somewhere within its walls.
But the hotel's storied past is nothing compared to its tragic present when Marcie plummets to her death from an open window on the third floor. After Sadie discovers signs of a struggle in the room, it's clear that someone assisted the assistant out the window. But Marcie is new in town—who would have a motive to kill her?
In between pulling pints and naming literary-themed cocktails, Sadie takes it on herself to solve the case, wondering if the crime is connected to the vandalized vehicles of a film crew in town to do a feature on local brewer Grayson Blake, with whom Sadie shares a strong flirtation. Or could the poor woman's defenestration have anything to do with the legendary treasure? As Shady Creek Manor prepares for a May Day masquerade ball, Sadie is determined to unmask the killer—but when she uncorks a whole lot of trouble, will she meet a bitter end?
This is the third book in the Literary Pub mystery series.
Sadie, our heroine, convinces a popular author to come to her Literary style pub named The Inkwell. When the assistant to this author plummets to her death from the third floor everyone wonders about the motive behind the deed. Quickly, Sadie decides to dig into the mystery.
This is a refreshing concept in the cozy mystery genre. The characters really draw you easily into the action and get you invested. I especially enjoyed the scenes between Sadie and her aunt as well as the romantic possibilities she had with brewer Grayson. These scenes make the story so readable. The mystery was well plotted but it was the characters that really stood out for me. This could easily be read as a standalone. But you will definitely want to see more when you get to the last page. This story just draws you in from the first sentence.
If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.